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Caroline Seta 0 146 Article rating: No rating

A Message from Ms. B:

We are officially in the 3rd trimester and on the home stretch. Administratively, we have many things coming up that are being planned and info will be coming fast and furious! Please make sure to read your emails and Paw Prints. We want to make sure that everyone has the best experience with the opportunities that are approaching. You will definitely want to keep up with your students’ grades. K-2 are on a different grading scale however, grades 3-8 have progress and grades in Progress Book (PB). It is Never too late to establish your account and actively check your students’ grades. You can even set up alerts on Progress Book that will notify you when grades are low and/or missing. Please take advantage of this notification system. If you need help navigating any part of PB, please call Mrs. DiTullio or email Mrs. King or I and we can help. Please let your teachers know if you have any concerns with your students’ grades or progress. Our hope is with your students’ effort, our teachers’ guidance, and my high school teaching experience, your student will be more than prepared for any high school they choose. 

Slainte, Ms. B

Paw Prints

Caroline Seta 0 194 Article rating: No rating

A Message from Ms. B:

Funny, isn’t it? Spring, 1 inch of snow, and single digit wind chill. Cincinnati has some of the strangest weather. I spoke with some fellow principals the other day about student behavior. We all agreed that last week felt like a full moon…every day. Full moons, change in the weather, the time change, it all sounds like some ancient “wive’s tale” we use to explain human behavior, specifically student behavior. There are days when Mrs. King and I look at each other in dismay and wonder if it’s “us”. Are we getting too old and out of touch (I mean, the kids didn’t even know every performer in the SuperBowl halftime show!)? My latest answer is: students are not wired nor are they exposed to the same things we were when we were children.

A parent told me that she recently removed tech devices from the home. She was tired of the kids fighting over “tech time”. She said she already noticed a change in their behavior at home, that they were a bit more mellow, quieter, and more attentive. I started to research on the topic but was soon overwhelmed with the amount of startling information. In an effort to grow closer to people, we have grown more isolated, retreating into our bedrooms and a 5inch device. In order to attract reluctant students to learning, we have instead pushed some students further away from the very basics such as Reading.

Kids are going to be kids. Teachers are always going to want students to behave and students are always going to try and get away with as much possible. But I think I like the “good ole’ days” when we had to use our imagination and devise ways to “break the rules” not “device” ways with Google or YouTube. And detention was always a quiet opportunity to reflect on the bad behavior, trying to figure out how the adults always found out (and think of a better way next time?). Taking away devices might not be feasible in your family setting but consider the challenge and see what happens. What happens to the behavior…of everyone?

Ms. B

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